Is there intelligent life in the media?
A new story by Adam Clark Estes of The Atlantic Wire proclaims “The Great Martin Luther King Copyright Conundrum” in trying to explain why it costs $10 to watch Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech.
Estes says it is the fault of US copyright law and “It’s not the Martin Luther King estate’s fault….”
US Copyright law does not require that a dime be paid.
The $10 fee is the King family greedily making use of copyright law to charge, just as the family has demanded extortionist fees for just about anything else related to Dr. King, such as monuments.
To call a spade a spade, this is a media story purposefully dishonest. If you don’t like the $10 fee, lay blame where 100% of the blame lies: with the greedy Martin Luther King family.
Myself, I have saved ten bucks.